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BTMRR record released

Last Thursday, Disneyland suffered another public relations blow when the state released documents detailing reported injuries on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad over the last two years. These documents show 24 injuries reported since 2001, ranging from the relatively minor (dizziness) to pretty major (a fatal heart attack).


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The good news for Disney is that in most cases, investigation showed that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was functioning properly and the ride could not be labeled as the cause. The bad news is that when you have tabloids like the New York Post referring to Disney's “killer train,” for most of the public all they'll have seen is that 35 people have been hurt or died on the ride in just a couple of years.

Gay Days getting some star power

Gay Days, an unofficial gathering of gays and lesbians at Disneyland the weekend of October 3, now has some star power. It has been announced that among attendees will be NYPD Blue's Bill Brochtrup; Wes Culwell, winner of Bravo's Boy Meets Boy; and Genesis Moss of MTV's The Real World.

On Saturday, October 4, at Downtown Disney's Compass Books & Cafe, Bill Brochtrup will host a reading by Jeffrey Epstein and Eddie Shapiro, authors of Queens in the Kingdom: The Ultimate Gay and Lesbian Guide to the Disney Theme Parks.

Nightmare Before Christmas screening

Details on a special Nightmare Before Christmas event have been released. The hard-ticket event will be on Thursday, October 30 and include a screening of the film, a costume contest, trick or treating of some sort, a ride on Haunted Mansion Holiday, and a pin.

Park admission is also included in the $35 cost, but you can only enter after 8:45 p.m. the evening of the event (the park will close at 8 p.m.). The costume contest is open to all attendees. Interestingly, according to the official contest rules (PDF) the first prize is two tickets to the Haunted Mansion Holiday Event (Package C) — an event that takes place on October 2, 28 days prior to the costume contest. The second place prize is “one night's hotel stay in a hotel determined solely by the Sponsor.” Presumably they would select a Disney hotel, but maybe it would be best to shoot for third place (a Haunted Mansion Holiday Print On Demand print).

If you are going to participate in the costume contest, be sure to check out the many costume guidelines at the Disney Gallery page. You are simultaneously limited to custumes portraying characters from Nightmare Before Christmas and yet not presenting “frightening images.”

[Note: After posting the above information, it was pointed out to us that the official costume contest rules quite clearly state that the prize is for the 2004 Haunted Mansion Holiday Event. We read those rules several times to ensure we were understanding them correctly and still made a pretty stupid mistake. And then compounded it by using it as an excuse to get snarky. That'll teach us.

On the other hand, it does serve as confirmation that a Haunted Mansion Holiday event is planned for 2004, and that the C Package is expected to cost around $200.]

And important news impacting all of us!

Who Wants to be a Millionaire – Play It! has begun issuing a new prize to $1,000,000-point winners: an individually numbered pin. Two regular MousePlanet readers (BTT and tod on our message board) have received theirs in the mail for past wins (#2 and #26, respectively). So far, there have been 36 winners since the attraction opened. The previous 1,000,000-point pin was not numbered.


Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland

  • Splash Mountain: September 2 - November 6
  • Haunted Mansion: September 8 - October 2, for the installation of the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-through – indefinite.
  • Space Mountain – through 2005
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - indefinite.

Disney’s California Adventure

  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – September 2 - 26
  • Francis' Lady Bug Boogie – September 8 - 26
  • Superstar Limo – indefinite

Future Attraction Closures

  • “it's a small world” – October 20 - November 7, for the installation of the “it's a small world” Holiday overlay
  • Mr. Toad's Wild Ride – November 3 - 26
  • Mark Twain Riverboat – November 3 - indefinite
Note: Refurbishment schedules are estimates only. All information is subject to change without notice. To get the most recent updates, call Disneyland at (714) 781-7290.

Park Events

September

  • Fiesta Latina at Disney's California Adventure. [September 13 - October 5]

October

  • Fiesta Latina at Disney's California Adventure. [September 13 - October 5]
  • Gay Days at Disneyland Resort. [October 3-5]
  • CHOC/Disneyland Resort Walk in the Park. [October 5]
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday Exclusive Dinner [Wed, October 1]
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday Event [Thur, October 2]
  • MouseAdventure at DCA. [October 12]
  • Nightmare Before Christmas film screening at the Disneyland Resort. [October 30]

December

  • Marie Osmond “Enchanted Tiki Room Hostess” doll release and meet-and-greet at Disneyland [Saturday, Dec 6]
  • Candlelight Processional at Disneyland [Saturday, Dec 6 and Sunday, Dec 7]
  • Robert Olszewski “Central Plaza” sculpture release at Disneyland [Saturday, Dec 13]

Current Discounts & Promotions

Fall “Resident Salute” – Two parks, two days for the price of one

Southern California residents can purchase a one-day ticket to Disneyland and a one-day ticket to Disney's California Adventure for the price of a regular one-day admission.*

The resort hotels are offering a “Stay and Play” package in conjuction with this discount. It includes the resident salute 2-for-1 theme park ticket PLUS a one-night stay at one of the Disneyland Resort hotels. The package starts at $89 per person. ** To book this package, call (714) 956-MICKEY (714-956-6425) and ask for the package code SAP.

*Offer valid through 11/24/03 for Southern California residents ZIP codes 90000-93599. Admission valid one day at Disneyland Park, and one day at Disney's California Adventure Park. May purchase up to 5 tickets per person, per day, with valid ID. First day of use must be on purchase day. Ticket valid 30 days from first use, or through 11/25/03, whichever occurs first. Restrictions apply. Tickets are non-transferable. Offer may not be combined with other discounts or promotions.

**Valid for arrivals through 11/24/03 for Southern California residents within ZIP codes 90000-93599. $89 price is per person, double occupancy, Sunday through Thursday standard room rate at Disney\'s Paradise Pier Hotel, and includes 2 days admission, valid one day at Disneyland Park, and one day at Disney\'s California Adventure Park. Weekend rates and other room rates may vary. Ticket valid 30 days from first use, or through 11/25/03, whichever occurs first. Price excludes resort fees and taxes. Limit 5 people per room, at an additional cost per person. Promotional rate is subject to availability and advance reservations required. Not available for groups.

All offers, events, tickets, age ranges, services, attractions, and entertainment, may be seasonal, and are subject to change without notice.

A Nightmare deal at Costco

MousePad member Tiki Junki purchased a copy of The Nightmare Before Christmas at a local Costco store, and discovered a Disneyland Resort offer inside. The $13 Special Edition DVD comes with a voucher for up to 4 pre-issued Fast Passes for the Haunted Mansion, and a voucher for one free cloisonne pin from the Le Bat en Rouge Shop in New Orleans Square. The vouchers are good until March 31, 2004, and are redeemable at Disneyland—there nothing to mail in, and you won't wait four to six weeks for the passes and pin to arrive.

Annual Passholders nights at the Disneyland Resort hotels

Annual passholder discounts are available at the Paradise Pier hotel from through December 12. Rates are $79 per night weekdays, and $119 per night weekends. AP rooms are also available at the Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel at higher rates.

Half-priced Angels tickets for Disneyland Annual Passholders

Disneyland APs can purchase tickets to select baseball games for the 2003 World Series winners Anaheim Angels at a 50 percent discount. Current games included:

  • 9/22, Monday, 7:05 pm vs. Seattle
  • 9/24, Wednesday, 1:05 pm vs. Seattle
  • 9/27, Saturday, 1:05pm vs. Texas

Additional information and prices can be found at the Annual Passholder Web site (link).

Get 5 days and 4 nights for the price of 3

Book a package at the Disneyland Resort for a minimum four-nights through the Walt Disney Travel Company, and your package price will include one night's free accommodations at participating hotels. Your package will also include a five-day Disneyland Resort park hopper ticket for the price of a three-day Disneyland Resort park hopper ticket. Click here for a list of participating hotels and dates.

Play 4 Days pass

Southern California residents, (zip codes 90000-93599), can purchase a new four-day ticket for just $79. The ticket is valid for four admissions to either Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure park through Tuesday, September 30. Residents can purchase just one ticket per person, per day, so your out-of-town relatives will need to buy their own, regular-priced admission.

The tickets can only be used at one park each day—no park hopping. We understand that you can use two admissions—one to each park—on the same day, effectively making this a $79 two-day park-hopper ticket, a $20 discount from the regular adult price.

Tickets are nontransferable, and you must show a valid ID each time. These tickets can be applied towards the cost of a Deluxe or Premium Annual Passport, (but not a Southern California Annual Passport), so long as you upgrade when or before you use the fourth admission.

Disney's Armed Forces Salute

Through Friday, December 19, all active members of the United States military (including Coast Guard and activated National Guard and Reservists) qualify for Disney's Armed Forces Salute and can claim one free 3-day park-hopper tickets. Since the tickets expire on December 19, you must claim them by December 17 to use all three day's worth. The passes can only be claimed at a park gate ticket booth. To claim the passes, valid military ID must be shown; activated National Guard and Reservists must also show their active duty orders.

In addition to the one free pass, each qualifying person can also purchase up to five 3-day companion passes for $39 each. If the qualifying person cannot visit a park to purchase these companion tickets, a spouse may do so instead.

Annual passholder discounts at Alamo and National car rentals

Through December 31, 2003, Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders get discounts of up to 20 percent off car rental retail rates in the United States for both Alamo and National. For more details and the discount code you'll need for this offer, visit the annual passholder section of the Disneyland Web site (link).

ESPN Zone discounts for annual passholders

Disneyland annual passholders can get an Season Ticket Frequent Dining Card at the Downtown Disney ESPN Zone. The Season Ticket entitles you to a free soda with your meal purchase of $6.99 or more. Once you have made four meal purchases, you receive the fifth meal and soda free, and get a chance to win a pair of tickets to the ESPY Awards in 2004. See location for more information and details.

City Pass now available with AAA packages

You can now purchase the Southern California City Pass with Walt Disney Travel Company packages.

With a Southern California City Pass booklet, you will receive admission to five separate entertainment options. Admission includes:

  • 3-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Ticket
  • 1-day ticket to Sea World Adventure park
  • 1-day ticket to the World-famous San Diego Zoo
  • 1-day ticket to Knott's Theme Park.

Instead of the Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Ticket currently included in California packages from the Walt Disney Travel Company, guests can select a Southern California city's for an additional charge of $47 per pass ($32 per pass for guests ages 3 through 9).

Note: The Southern California City's does not include the $10 ESPN Zone Arena Game Card, or the California package's feature that allows guests to collect multiple Fastpass tickets at once for free in advance.

5-Day Park Hopper promotion extended

The “Get a 5-Day Park Hopper ticket for the price of a 3-Day ticket” promotion has been extended through January 5, 2004. These tickets are available when you order online from Disneyland.com (link). Restrictions apply—see site for details.

AAA Passport Plus Package

For $122.75, you can get a 5-day park hopper and the following extras:

  • Multiple attraction Fastpass (The “Unlimited” option)
  • Breakfast in the park (one per person)
  • Free ESPN Zone arena game card ($10 value)
  • AAA Free parking at the Disneyland Resort Theme Parks

A $13.75 FedEx fee applies to each reservation, (not per person). This package is available without an air or hotel purchase, and must be purchased at your local AAA affiliate office at least 5 days before you plan to use the tickets.

Many readers have experienced difficulties when trying to purchase this package from their local AAA affiliate. Be sure to read the thread on our MousePad discussion boards, for more information about the package and tips on how to help your AAA travel agent book your package.

AAA-Disney's Resort Magic Package

This package requires a minimum 2-night hotel stay, and includes:

  • Accommodations at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel, the Disneyland Hotel, or Disney's Grand Californian Hotel
  • Disneyland Resort Hotel self-parking and Fitness Center access
  • Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Ticket – valid for entry into Disneyland park and Disney's California Adventure park with full park-hopping privileges
  • Free ESPN Zone Arena Game Card – $10 value (one per person)
  • New. Collect Fastpass tickets for multiple attractions at one time. Preferred Seating at a choice of select shows in Disney's California Adventure
  • Exclusive – Walt Disney Travel Company collectible pin and lanyard (one per person)
  • Exclusive – Walt Disney Travel Company California Fun Book (one per package)
  • Exclusive – Disneyland Resort Magical Pocket Guide (one per package)

You can book this package through your local AAA affiliate travel agent.


Park Hours/Blockout Dates

DL: Disneyland
DCA: Disney’s California Adventure
Annual Pass blockout dates: SoCal - Southern California Annual Pass. DX - Deluxe Annual Pass

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
  9/22 9/23 9/24 9/25 9/26 9/27
 

DL 10a–8p
DCA 10a–6p

DL 10a–8p
DCA 10a–6p

DL 10a–8p
DCA 10a–6p

DL 10a–8p
DCA 10a–6p

DL 9a-10p
DCA 10a–8p

DL 8a–11p
DCA 10a–8p
SoCal

9/28 9/29          

DL 9a–11p
DCA 10a–9p

DL 10a–8p
DCA 10a–6p

         

Visit our Annual Passholders Blockout Dates 2003-2004 page to see more dates.


Entertainment Schedule

Disneyland Park
Disney’s California Adventure
Downtown Disney
Monday 9/22

Disneyland Parade of the Stars 7p

Billy Hill & the Hillbillies 11:45a 1:15p 3p 4:15p 5:30p

Calling All Space Scouts... A Buzz Lightyear Adventure 11:30a 12:30p 1:30p 3:15p 4:15p 5:15p

Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular 12:30p 2:15p 5:00p

Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage! 10:30a 11:30a 12:30p 2:15p 3:15p 4:15p

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – Play It! Noon 1p 2p 4p 5p

The Ugly Bug Ball 11a 12p 1p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen Jazz Pianist: Ray Johnson 6p

Tuesday 9/23

Disneyland Parade of the Stars 7p

The Golden Horseshoe Variety Show 11:45a 1:15p 3p 4:15p 5:30p

Calling All Space Scouts... A Buzz Lightyear Adventure 11:30a 12:30p 1:30p 3:15p 4:15p 5:15p

Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular 12:30p 2:15p 5:00p

Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage! 10:30a 11:30a 12:30p 2:15p 3:15p 4:15p

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – Play It! Noon 1p 2p 4p 5p

The Ugly Bug Ball 11a 12p 1p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen Jazz Pianist: Ray Johnson 6p

Wednesday 9/24

Disneyland Parade of the Stars 7p

The Golden Horseshoe Variety Show 11:45a 1:15p 3p 4:15p 5:30p

Calling All Space Scouts... A Buzz Lightyear Adventure 11:30a 12:30p 1:30p 3:15p 4:15p 5:15p

Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular 12:30p 2:15p 5:00p

Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage! 10:30a 11:30a 12:30p 2:15p 3:15p 4:15p

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – Play It! Noon 1p 2p 4p 5p

The Ugly Bug Ball 11a 12p 1p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen Jazz Pianist: Ray Johnson 6p

Thursday 9/25

Disneyland Parade of the Stars 7p

Billy Hill & the Hillbillies 11:45a 1:15p 3p 4:15p 5:30p

Calling All Space Scouts... A Buzz Lightyear Adventure 11:30a 12:30p 1:30p 3:15p 4:15p 5:15p

Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular 12:30p 2:15p 5:00p

Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage! 10:30a 11:30a 12:30p 2:15p 3:15p 4:15p

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – Play It! Noon 1p 2p 4p 5p

The Ugly Bug Ball 11a 12p 1p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen Jazz Pianist: Ray Johnson 6p

Friday 9/26

Disneyland Parade of the Stars 4:45p 8p

Billy Hill & the Hillbillies 11:45a 1:15p 3p 4:15p 5:30p

Calling All Space Scouts... A Buzz Lightyear Adventure 10:45a 11:45a 12:45p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

Club Buzz Stage Presents Scot Bruce – A Tribute to Elvis: The Early Years w/ Russell Scott & his Red Hots 7p 8p 9:20p

Fantasmic 9p 10p

Sword in the Stone Ceremony 10:45a 11:45a 12:45p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

Aladdin & Jasmine's StoryTale Adventures 11a 11:55a 12:55p 1:55p 3:34p 4:40p 5:35p 6:30p

Disney's Electrical Parade 8p

Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular 12:45p 2:30p 4:45p 6:15p

Pacific Wharf Stage Presents El Soul 2:45p 3:45p 4:45p 6:15p 7:15p

Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage! 11:30a 12:30p 1:30p 3:15p 4:15p 5:15p

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – Play It! Noon 1p 2p 4p 5p

The Ugly Bug Ball 11a 12p 1p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen Kenny Sara & the Sounds of New Orleans 6:45p

Saturday 9/27

Disneyland Parade of the Stars 4:45p 8p

Billy Hill & the Hillbillies 11:45a 1:15p 3p 4:15p 5:30p

Calling All Space Scouts... A Buzz Lightyear Adventure 10:45a 11:45a 12:45p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

Club Buzz Stage Presents Scot Bruce – A Tribute to Elvis: The Early Yrs with Russell Scott & his Red Hots 7p 8p 9:30p 10:30p

Fantasmic 9p 10:30p

Sword in the Stone Ceremony 10:45a 11:45a 12:45p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

Jump, Jive Boogie Swing Party Featuring Swingtown 7p 8p 9:30p 10:30p

Aladdin & Jasmine's StoryTale Adventures 11a 11:55a 12:55p 1:55p 3:34p 4:40p 5:35p 6:30p

Fiesta Latina all day

Disney's Electrical Parade 8p

Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular 12:45p 2:30p 4:45p 6:15p

Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage! 11:30a 12:30p 1:30p 3:15p 4:15p 5:15p

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – Play It! Noon 1p 2p 4p 5p

The Ugly Bug Ball 11a 12p 1p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen Kenny Sara & the Sounds of New Orleans 6:45p

Sunday 9/28

Disneyland Parade of the Stars 4:45p 8p

Billy Hill & the Hillbillies 11:45a 1:15p 3p 4:15p 5:30p

Calling All Space Scouts... A Buzz Lightyear Adventure 11:30a 12:30p 1:30p 3:15p 4:15p 5:15p

Fantasmic 9p

Sword in the Stone Ceremony 10:45a 11:45a 12:45p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

Aladdin & Jasmine's StoryTale Adventures 11a 11:55a 12:55p 1:55p 3:34p 4:40p 5:35p 6:30p

Fiesta Latina all day

Disney's Electrical Parade -8:45p

Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular 12:45p 2:30p 4:45p 6:15p

Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage! 11:30a 12:30p 1:30p 3:15p 4:15p 5:15p

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – Play It! Noon 1p 2p 4p 5p

The Ugly Bug Ball 11a 12p 1p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

House of Blues Gospel Brunch 10a, 1p ($16.50-$33)

Monday 9/29

Disneyland Parade of the Stars 7p

Billy Hill & the Hillbillies 11:45a 1:15p 3p 4:15p 5:30p

Calling All Space Scouts... A Buzz Lightyear Adventure 11:30a 12:30p 1:30p 3:15p 4:15p 5:15p

Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular 12:30p 2:15p 5:00p

Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage! 10:30a 11:30a 12:30p 2:15p 3:15p 4:15p

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – Play It! Noon 1p 2p 4p 5p

The Ugly Bug Ball 11a 12p 1p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen Jazz Pianist: Ray Johnson 6p

 

Tuesday 9/30

Disneyland Parade of the Stars 7p

The Golden Horseshoe Variety Show 11:45a 1:15p 3p 4:15p 5:30p

Calling All Space Scouts... A Buzz Lightyear Adventure 11:30a 12:30p 1:30p 3:15p 4:15p 5:15p

Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular 12:30p 2:15p 5:00p

Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage! 10:30a 11:30a 12:30p 2:15p 3:15p 4:15p

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – Play It! Noon 1p 2p 4p 5p

The Ugly Bug Ball 11a 12p 1p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen Jazz Pianist: Ray Johnson 6p



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